Writing Weird

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Weeklong June 17 to June 22 2018

The term “weird” was first used by Sheridan Le Fanu, a popular author of nineteenth-century ghost stories, and in his long essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” H.P. Lovecraft defines the genre for us: “The true weird tale has something more than secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains according to rule. A certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; and there must be a hint, expressed with a seriousness and portentousness becoming its subject, of that most terrible conception of the human brain—a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space.”

 

In this workshop we’ll take a tour of the territory of the Weird, where we’ll have an opportunity to create our own definition of what the Weird is; to discover the Weird already lurking in our world and in ourselves; to develop strategies for tapping into the Weird in order to successfully render it in our work; and finally, to learn how and where to publish our own personal brands of the Weird. This class is suitable for all genres at all levels. There will be in-class writing, overnight assignments, and sharing of work.

Fiction
Novel
Short Story
Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender